an october prayer

October 9th 2012 Comments: 5 Topics:

In addition to being an architect and interior designer, Bobby McAlpine is also an avid poet.
In 2011, he spent the entire year composing a special prayer for every month. He explained that he felt these words welling up within him and they yearned to to be put to paper. At Christmas he presented the collection, entitled “Catechisms”, as a gift to his family and friends; a piece of his soul offered forth. The one for October is a favorite of mine so I thought I’d share it with our readers.

October Prayer

God showed light sideways again

this month like a raid

on this world

on this garden given us

and showed once again

what had become grainy to see.

And it hit me

I’m being overseen

I’m being pointed, anointed


kindly toward what is mine

for now.

And I am lighter myself

by this

And my mind combs memory for evidence

and gratitude long before


Squirrel and chipmunk industry

is a sight to be seen

in premonition of a fallow time.

Who sent this wisdom to ones

so young

Who could not know what was to come

With greater margin,

humans fail

Where lesser beings prevail –

all to say,

The lessons come

The lessons go

But good to know

They come again

Slow to grow

Long to know

Faith of months

Faith of years

Become us

Most beautifully lit in this

fine October.

Once again made a glad being.

Walking blocks of Manhattan, my steps

catch every light.

I am given divine gait

I am making time

and gaining ground

Feeling smiled upon.

– Bobby McAlpine – Catechisms


  1. Mary McKinley says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!!! I feel it in my heart–it makes me emotional. “Light sideways” –love this line

  2. Anne Darken says:

    It’s official- I love Bobby! Have admired the work he has done for so many years and now this- thank you Bobby for sharing these

  3. Eric Mueller says:

    One of my favorites! So honored to see my image of Bobby posted here; it works perfectly! Best bright fall to all at MTA.

  4. Kathi says:

    I do love this one.

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